Soil microbial communities associated with giant sequoia: How does the world's largest tree affect some of the world's smallest organisms?

Stephen Hart, Chelsea J. Carey, Sydney I. Glassman, Thomas D. Bruns & Emma L. Aronson
Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) is an iconic conifer that lives in relic populations on the western slopes of the California Sierra Nevada. In these settings, it is unusual among the dominant trees in that it associates with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi rather than ectomycorrhizal fungi. However, it is unclear whether differences in microbial associations extends more broadly to non-mycorrhizal components of the soil microbial community. To address this question, we characterized microbiomes associated with giant sequoia...
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